It can be easy for 1:1 meetings to start feeling shallow and formulaic, even though neither side wants them to be that way.
We’ve heard this from both sides.
Managers want their team members to be more engaged and bring substantive topics to discuss. Team members wish their managers would take more interest in their careers.
In short, everyone wants a more meaningful conversation. But it’s not clear on how to get there.
But rather than looking for the answer in another article on ‘how to have better 1:1s’, what if we broadened out the topic to just work out how to have better conversations full stop.
Lucy Foulkes is a psychologist and lecturer at University College London and her recent piece for Psyche magazine on ‘How to have more meaningful conversations’ really resonates in the context as a manager.
Foulkes identifies six ways to make your conversations more meaningful: